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Neurosurgical Consultants of Washington
Consultants of Washington (NCW) was founded in 1998 when five established neurosurgical
practices in western Washington combined. In addition to a wide geographic
coverage, this association promised the benefits of an extensive range of abilities
and decades of cumulative expertise. NCW became the largest independent neurosurgical
group in Washington, providing comprehensive neurosurgical care to the Pacific
Northwest. In 2003, NCW became affiliated with Northwest Hospital & Medical
Center, site of the first Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery
Center in Washington.
Features of NCW
The eight neurological surgeons that make up Neurosurgical Consultants of Washington
represent a range and depth of experience unsurpassed in Western Washington.
Their training spans eight different medical schools and 13 major medical centers,
providing patients with comprehensive, varied capabilities not often seen in
other neurosurgical groups. Cumulatively, NCW accounts for over 20,000 patient
encounters and more than 2,000 operative procedures yearly. Patients are drawn
from the entire four-state Northwest region, as well as Canada and Alaska. NCW
Care Centers are based in major hospitals spanning the Puget Sound, from north
and south of Seattle to locations on the eastside of Lake Washington.
Diseases and Technology
While the specialty is well known for cranial surgery, increasingly, as a more
active and healthy population ages, NCW’s neurosurgeons provide even more
care for common spinal conditions such as sciatica, “slipped” discs,
spinal stenosis, scoliosis, neck and back pain. The last fifteen years have
seen an explosive growth in spinal surgery techniques, from minimally invasive
spine surgery to innovative spinal fusions, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty, computer-guided
navigation and the recently FDA-approved Charité artificial lumbar disc
replacement. The physicians of NCW were trained in the midst of these advances,
allowing them to offer the most safe and effective treatments to patients as
soon as they become available.
Advances have been astounding in the field of brain surgery as well. The neurosurgeons
of NCW treat metastatic tumors, gliomas, meningiomas, blood clots and vascular
malformations spread throughout the brain. Now MRI and CT scan data can be fed
into an operating room computer to precisely guide them during operations.